“A pencil drawing is classy. It’s classic; it’s timeless. It’s almost like a little black dress or a nice black suit; everyone should have one.”
They should indeed. And if that pencil art happens to have Brenda Murphy’s name attached to it, it’s even more classic. Her pieces are magnificently drawn. The detail and texture are exquisite. There is no need for color.
In fact, Murphy says, “It’s a compliment, when someone looks at one of my graphite drawings and says, ‘It doesn’t need color, because I can visualize it.’ They see beyond the black and white. It gives them the opportunity to use their own imaginations.”
Murphy has had a pencil in her hand since she was a child growing up in Arlington, Texas, where she continues to live today. That, she admits, was a problem early on. While in first grade, she recalls drawing a horse, while the teacher was talking, and being so proud of her creation that she raised her hand, interrupted the teacher, jumped up, and marched to the front of the class to show her drawing. Rather than scolding her young student, the teacher recognized her talent and, during a parent-teacher conference with Murphy’s mother, pointed out how advanced her daughter was in her drawing skills.
Two Shall Be One
“A young, Southern Cheyenne couple looks toward their future together. What lies ahead is uncertain. I like to believe that love and trust will carry them forward through life’s journey.”
“I enjoy drawing dust and the atmosphere it creates. This drawing is a tribute to the cowboys who daily work the dusty pens of the Western deserts.”